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article imageAhmadinejad survives helicopter crash

By Eko Armunanto     Jun 2, 2013 in World
On its way to a ceremony to inaugurate a road tunnel, a helicopter carrying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was forced to make an emergency landing in a mountainous region north of Tehran on Sunday.
President Ahmadinejad and the other dignitaries on board all escaped unhurt, according to Iran's official news agency. "With God’s help the president and the officials accompanying him were not hurt. After the landing the president inaugurated the project and returned to Tehran by car," the agency added.
The government refused to give any more details of what caused the crash, which happened as the president was on his way to inaugurate a new road tunnel. It only said the pilot landed skillfully and neither the president nor his companions were hurt. Ahmadinejad made it to the inauguration ceremony on time
Ahmadinejad is coming to the end of his second term as president of the Islamic republic. Eight approved candidates are standing for president in an election on June 14, and Ahmadinejad’s term in office ends on August 3.
Iran’s Interior Ministry says the upcoming presidential and city and rural council elections will be held on the scheduled date as planned. Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar told a meeting of provincial governors on Saturday that the results of the June 14 votes will be announced at the earliest.
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday that the outcome would have little effect on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program and wouldn’t alter the Obama administration’s search for a diplomatic solution. Kerry noted that Iran’s nuclear program is not controlled by the president, but by the country’s most powerful figure, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
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